What They Said

Philadelphia Enquirer:

“Jessica McKelvey spent much of her childhood in a small, southern Pennsylvania town …‘Real country,’ she said. So inner-city Philadelphia was not high on her list of places to pursue a teaching career until her adviser at Indiana University of Pennsylvania suggested it. Now, the 23-year-old can’t imagine teaching any place other than Moffet Elementary, a feisty little school surrounded by worn-down factories and vacant lots in Kensington. She would not have heard of Moffet if not for the Urban Seminar, which invites prospective teachers from universities in the State System of Higher Education to Philadelphia in May. In this year’s program, 325 students from 14 campuses spent time in 40 city schools…Larry Vold, McKelvey’s adviser and an IUP education professor, founded the program in 1992 with just a handful of students. It has grown into an IUP urban teaching track and a systemwide initiative to prepare students for multicultural schools…‘When we get kids into schools and involved in the community on the weekend, when they meet parents who care, when they meet teachers who have taught in Philadelphia for 25 or 30 years even though they could have gone to the suburbs, it makes our students see that maybe I can teach there and be successful,’ he said.” (“Prospective Teachers Get Course in City Life,” by Dale Mezzacappa, June 1, 2005)

New York Times:

“Speech pathologists, trained to treat speaking disorders, are also getting some of the business. ‘Fifteen years ago I rarely had people come to me because they simply didn’t like the sound of their voice,’ said Thomas Murry, a speech pathologist at the Voice and Swallowing Center of Columbia University. His clients were people with medical conditions like polyps on their vocal cords. ‘Now about a third of the people simply want to sound better,’ he said. Dr. Murry estimated that of the 90,000 members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as many as 1,000 devote their practices to what he calls ‘voice styling,’ helping people improve the sound of otherwise healthy voices.” (“My Voice Has Got to Go” by Peter Jaret, July 21, 2005. Tom Murry is a 1964 graduate of IUP and the recipient of a 1983 Distinguished Alumni Award.)

Golf Digest:

“Division I has the cachet, but the competition in Division II and III is better than expected. ‘All my players were No. 1 on their high school teams,’ says Fred Joseph, men’s coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Division II team.” (“How to Find the Right School for You (or Your Kid)” by Hunki Yun, September, 2005)

Jordan Times:

“Regardless of the ongoing debate concerning the constitution, the neoconservatives have already inflicted damage to the fabric of Iraqi society. Fragmenting Iraq and kindling sectarian/ethnic discords are weapons of culture and national destruction, a menace to civilization. They represent a threat to American interests and to regional stability. More importantly, they evidence a purposeful activation of the clash of civilizations.” (“The Triumph of Neoconservatives in Iraq,” an op-ed piece by Abbas. J. Ali, August 10, 2005. Ali is a professor and director of the School of International Management in IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.)